Monday, March 28, 2011
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans opposed to integration and compensatory funding cuts in House Education Finance Omnibus bill
On March 22, 2011, the House Education Finance Committee recently heard and passed the Omnibus Education Bill, which eliminates the rule requiring integrated schools in Minnesota, cuts integration funding for Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth, and freezes special education and Adult Basic Education funding. As an example of the impact of these cuts, Minneapolis Public Schools alone would lose about $17 million or $480 per student from integration funding cuts.
Families, students, and community leaders are deeply concerned about the shifting of funds from metro area schools with high levels of poverty to other parts of the state. The integration funding and compensatory aid funds are currently used to eliminate segregation in our schools and to close the educational achievement gap. CAPM maintains that the proposed cuts and freezes fundamentally undermine Minnesota’s efforts to reduce our state’s achievement gap and to promote educational equity.
While the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans recognizes that funding in education is limited and needs more accountability and effective use, we maintain that the proposed cuts and freezes in education funding is not the answer. These cuts and freezes would disproportionately impact metro area schools whose populations are largely made up of Asian Pacific students and other students of color. These drastic cuts and freezes should not be made at the expense of our children and their future.
We call for community members to help contact their legislators as well as Governor Dayton’s office to express your concerns about the proposed cuts. Letters with your personal story are most effective and can be sent to:
- House Education Finance Committee Chair, Rep. Pat Garofalo
- 537 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
- Governor Mark Dayton
- 130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155
- Commissioner Brenda Cassellius
- Department of Education, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113
Ilean Kao Ly Her
Executive Director Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans